CEC Faculty Articles

Title

From the Desk of the Executive Editor: Online Collaborative Knowledge Base Development

Document Type

Editorial

Date

Fall 1-1-2008

Publication Title

Journal of Instruction Delivery Systems

ISSN or ISBN

0892-4872

Volume

22

Issue

4

First Page

3

Last Page

4

Description

For more than a decade, articles, books, and news reports have extolled the virtues of online constructivist, collaborative learning and the movement of the workplace toward increasing collaboration, much of which occurs online. Within the last five years, the popularity of wikis has spread as the ideal tool for collaborative development. At the same time, education across the grades keeps promoting the need to have learners build knowledge bases (constructivism in the 21st century), together with peers and apart from the instructor. The role of the teacher has been revised from the source of knowledge to the coach-on-the-side. It appears that many have climbed on the bandwagon, while few have questioned the value of the philosophical shift.

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